Welcome, VTKW Global Partnership! Meet Click & Pledge

Welcome, VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership! Let us introduce VT KnowledgeWorks member Click & Pledge

Click & Pledge
Pictured left to right:  Steven Williams, Brady Martin, Mohammad Taghavi, Willie Jester, Sepideh Kahram, Kamran Razvan, Leona Turner, Karen Arrivillaga.  Front:  John Fulcher

Click & Pledge provides a custom cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) system that enables nonprofits and similar organizations to be effective and efficient in online fundraising, payment processing, event management and donor management.  Located in Blacksburg, Virginia, the company serves over 9,000 customers in 45 countries.  To find out more, call 540-961-9811 or visit www.ClickandPledge.com.       

The third annual VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week will bring university students, faculty, and staff from all over the world together to congregate, collaborate, form partnerships, and build their global networks. The Global Partnership is a multi-layered, ongoing cooperative association of regions building permanent social, academic, and business relationships.

For more information, please call 540-443-9100 or email info@vtkwglobal.com.

These generous sponsors make this very special week of education, competition, relaxation, and relationship building possible: The Allegheny Logistics Group, CCS-Inc., Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department, G.J. Hopkins Inc., Interactive Achievement, Inc., NetVentures, Novozymes, Oak Ridge Associated Universities, Rackspace, SAIC, Shentel, StellarOne Bank, SunTrust Bank, TechLab, Third Security, The Branch Group Inc., Virginia Tech, Virginia Corporate Research Center, and VPT, Inc.

VT KnowledgeWorks encourages and enables creative entrepreneurship world-wide, through innovative curriculum, local business resource centers, and a global network of cooperating regions, all focused on three essential contributors to success: clear understanding of fundamental business principles; access to timely, relevant information; and meaningful personal and corporate relationships. It is a subsidiary of the Virginia Tech Foundation, funded through the continuing confidence and enthusiasm of its clients, sponsors and friends, both corporate and individual. Its world headquarters is in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.

VT KnowledgeWorks sponsors include Attaain, Inc., BB&T, The Branch Group, Handshake 2.0, Harris Office Furniture, Hodges, Jones & Mabry, P.C., Hutchison Law Group, LeClairRyan, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and The Becher Agency (TBA).

VT KnowledgeWorks Success Showcase: Click & Pledge

VT KnowledgeWorks encourages and enables creative entrepreneurship world-wide, through innovative curriculum, local business resource centers, and a global network of cooperating regions, all focused on three essential contributors to success: clear understanding of fundamental business principles; access to timely, relevant information; and meaningful personal and corporate relationships. It is a subsidiary of the Virginia Tech Foundation, funded through the continuing confidence and enthusiasm of its clients, sponsors and friends, both corporate and individual. Its world headquarters are located in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.

VT KnowledgeWorks Success Showcase: Click & Pledge

Event Management with Click and PledgeCompany’s Full Name: Click and Pledge

Year Founded: 2002

Year Company Entered VT KnowledgeWorks: 2004

Total Number of Employees When Entered: 3

Total Number of Employees to Date: 20

Overview of Company’s Products/Services, and Significance to the Market

Click & Pledge offers free Donor Management System for non-profits built on the Salesforce.com platform.  It’s fully integrated with a free payment gateway and suite of online fundraising software delivering over 30 features from custom forms, to registrations and ticketing, to mobile giving and a custom social fundraising platform. 

For no cost, registered non-profits receive the custom, easy-to-use Salesforce.com donor management system–featuring one access point for all data, donor /volunteer information, recurring payments, over 70 reports and dashboards, and virtual payment terminal.  

Company Accomplishments

Click & Pledge has earned a brand position in the nonprofit market as a leading provider of integrated cloud-based fundraising software, database management and online payment systems. The Company’s products are also used among political organizations as well as in many commercial applications such as rental payment and online retailing.  Click & Pledge has served over 10,000 organizations in 36 countries.

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VT KnowledgeWorks sponsors include Attaain, Inc., BB&T, The Branch Group, Handshake 2.0, Harris Office Furniture, Hodges, Jones & Mabry, P.C., Hutchison Law Group, LeClairRyan, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and The Becher Agency (TBA).

New Donor Management System from Click & Pledge

From Maureen Carruthers writing for Handshake 2.0:

Non-profit leaders who have secured any donation of any size from any person, company, or foundation know this one simple truth:  Fundraising is all about relationships.

Unfortunately, tracking those relationships can be  tricky.  It’s only possible to manage a handful of supporters relying on memory alone.  After that, a spreadsheet helps for awhile, but before an organization comes anywhere close to fulfilling its mission, a donor database is required.

Here the balancing act begins.  Most databases optimized for fundraising purposes are really expensive, difficult to learn, or both.   There are some free options, but they often have limited capability and, unless one is willing to delete donor records, most free solutions will only get you so far.

Through the Salesforce Foundation, non-profits have free access to the company’s commercial product – which is certainly robust enough to handle the needs of most non-profits – but because it was designed for sales teams, translating it for use in non-profit situations can be difficult.

Donor management system for non-profits Now, thanks to a partnership with Click & Pledge, that’s no longer the case. By leveraging its considerable experience in working with non-profits, Click & Pledge has designed an exclusive set of features and custom reports that integrates with salesforce.com to deliver one central access point for all data, donor and volunteer information, recurring payments, over 70 custom reports and dashboards, a virtual terminal, and all the rich features available through the Click & Pledge fundraising software. (Whew!)

As Kami Razvan, Ph.D, chief executive officer of Click & Pledge puts it, “This package is designed expressly for non-profits to get a unified view of every interaction they have with supporters. Combined with the integration of our payment gateway and suite of fundraising software tools, non-profits are armed with one of the most comprehensive, effective and efficient systems available.”

If you are a non-profit leader with donor database experience, you’re likely bouncing in your chair by now – for everyone else, here’s the layman's translation:  This partnership means non-profit budgets no longer dictate the extent to which organizations are able to maintain long-term relationships with the people who make their work possible.

And that’s good for everyone.

Maureen Carruthers is passionate about helping nonprofits do their work better.  You are invited to learn more at her blog, Low Hanging Fruit. She wrote about Click & Pledge in The New Face of Mobile Giving.

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Learn more about Click & Pledge on Inside VT KnowledgeWorks.

VT KnowledgeWorks is a unique growth enhancement program open to entrepreneurs in the New River Valley and beyond.  Acceleration center and incubation facilities are located in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center in Blacksburg, Virginia.  Programs for Members are divided into two categories according to the evolutionary status of the member company.  Pre-Launch program components are carefully constructed to help market-worthy ventures organize, formulate strategy, obtain outside investment, and launch in an efficient manner.  Enterprise class members benefit from emphasis on strategic support for ongoing growth, continuing intra-preneurship, and professional development for the corporate leader.

VT KnowledgeWorks sponsors include Attaain, Inc., BB&T, The Branch Group, Handshake 2.0, Harris Office Furniture, Hodges, Jones & Mabry, P.C., Hutchison Law GroupLeClairRyan, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and The Becher Agency (TBA).

Click and Pledge Changes the Mobile Giving Landscape

by Maureen Carruthers

Click and Pledge, a Blacksburg, Virginia based Software as a Service (SaaS) firm dedicated to enabling any size organization to access sophisticated software tools for more efficient and effective online fundraising, saw the promise of mobile (or text) giving and set out to make the strategy viable for nonprofits of all sizes.

As Jim Barney, Vice President of Marketing and Sales, puts it, “This is bold new territory with a magnitude of potential and promise.  First, 27% of Americans access the mobile web frequently.  Second, mobile web now has the fastest growing adoption rate of any new media.  Third, it taps the potential of what every philanthropic organization seeks: new and young donors.  Fourth, it offers immediacy, reach and convenience.”

However, the traditional implementation of mobile giving services makes this new frontier harsh territory for most non-profits so Click & Pledge attacked these barriers and cost structures.

You are invited to read examples of how Click and Pledge is changing the landscape of mobile giving on Handshake 2.0.

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Maureen Carruthers is passionate about helping nonprofits achieve their missions.  For ideas to help a favorite nonprofit be heard, including how volunteers can help, you're invited to visit her blog, Low Hanging Fruit.

Robert Scoble Interviews Kamran Razvan, Founder of Click and Pledge

Robert Scoble interviews Kamran Razvan, founder of Click and Pledge

On his visit to Blacksburg, Virginia on 6/5/09, Robert Scoble spent the afternoon at VT KnowledgeWorks.  Formerly with Microsoft, now with Rackspace, Scoble is renowned for his technology evangelism and online videography.

Scoble interviewed several representatives of VT KnowledgeWorks member companies.

Above, Scoble is pictured with his camera on Kamran Razvan, CEO of Click and Pledge, a pioneer in the delivery of Software-as-a-Service, SaaS solutions, enabling organizations such as non-profits, charitable groups, and political campaigns to access online fundraising tools.

Click & Pledge Delivers Community Building Packages For Nonprofits

A press release from Click & Pledge, a VT KnowledgeWorks member company:

Click & Pledge Delivers Community Building Packages For Nonprofits.

New “Community Builder” Platform Delivers Popular Social Networking Tools, Website Design and News Delivery Applications to Increase Online Fundraising.

Blacksburg, VA. (May 18, 2009) – Click & Pledge today announced “Community Builder”, a package of social networking, website design and e-communication tools designed for nonprofit and similar organizations to be more effective and efficient in online fundraising.

“Nonprofits thrive off productive communities of like-minded patrons that believe in a common cause,” according to Click & Pledge President Dr. Kamran Razvan. “Therefore, we wanted to create and offer an economical, practical package of popular online and traditional outreach services. Community Builder has packaged the most popular and easy-to-use social networking and communication tools available to enable these like-minded folks to talk to each other and organize via the net,” he said. “We have also included a very competitive website design and hosting product. Organizations can harness the power of these tools to cultivate and grow volunteer organizations and increase donor participation and fundraising.”

Click & Pledge has developed inexpensive packages of services to deliver consultative assistance, service, set-up and monthly management of content.

Community Builder offers three components:

Community Manager – Choose from Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Flickr and Café Press. The service includes initial consultation, selection of system, and setup. Optional content management services are available per month or through an annual contract. The Company consults in all of the major social networking systems and will set up and manage Facebook event invitations, Twitter feeds, product catalogs on Café Press and more.

Website Design/Manager – Website design, programming, hosting and content management. The website design includes up to ten pages of content and is loaded with the Click & Pledge Payment System for online fundraising, online memberships, online donations, a donor database and more.
News Manager – News is distributed easily and inexpensively via electronic newsletters or printed newspapers. The service includes creation of the electronic or eco-friendly traditional newspaper (printed on post-consumer recycled newsprint), publishing and distribution.

Trio's Community Builder provides all of the tools and support that most nonprofits require to create and grow a vibrant community of volunteers, donors, and supporters. “Most importantly,” Dr. Razvan continued, “Community Builder is consistent with our history of providing unsurpassed value in the nonprofit sector.”

ABOUT CLICK & PLEDGE

Designed to meet the online fundraising needs of non-profit organizations, Click & Pledge has grown from an idea in 2002, to its leadership position today. The company serves over 7,000 customers in 45 countries. As a pioneer in the delivery of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) to non-profits, Click & Pledge enables any size organization with sophisticated software tools for more efficient and effective online fundraising. Click & Pledge is privately-held and located in Blacksburg, Virginia.

For inquiries:

Contact: Jim Barney
Phone: (866) 999-2542 x3214
Email: Jim.Barney@ClickandPledge.com